On Tuesday night, I saw The Education of Dee Dee Ricks. The documentary follows Dee Dee Ricks through as she is diagnosed and is then treated for breast cancer. She has a mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, and endures chemotherapy. She was lucky in that her cancer was diagnosed early, and she had the money to pay her medical bills when insurance coverage fell short. The story really got going when she began to consider the hardships for other women with breast cancer who don’t have her resources, and realized she could help them.
I cried and I laughed and then I cried again. At some point I leaned over and whispered to Jessi (or was it the other way around?) that we should get mammograms. Neither of us are 40 yet, the age at which it is recommended that women start getting annual mammograms. But is it ever too early to start?
Jessi thought we should make a party of it, to make it less scary. Get some girlfriends, rent a limo, go to Northwestern or another hospital or clinic, get our boobs smushed, then treat ourselves to a nice boozy lunch afterwards. I think I’m gonna call it our “boob-chelorette party”.
The Education of Dee Dee Ricks airs tonight (Thursday, October 27) on HBO at 8:30pm (Eastern).
The Tribune’s take on shopping for breast cancer charities is here. It offers some useful tips on how to evaluate charities that would benefit from your purchases, and assesses a few items of particular interest. Items and events are listed in this handy photo, almost suitable for framing.
Myself, I’m all about the special edition pink leather trench from Burberry. Okay, so it’s $1,895, but 30% goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which spends a whopping 87% on grants for research.
Perplexing in Pink, Natasha Singer: Times coverage on shopping for the cure.
pink Razr: I know this is going to be hard to believe, but I’m kinda not into it.
kate spade ‘kelly’ loafer: rubber loafer for splashing about in fall showers. They’re so cute, like the sensible cousins to Sigerson Morrison’s saucy skimmers.
Love this gorgeous tailored shirt with pink ribbon from Rebecca & Drew. Not only is it cut just for the feminine figure (this and other shirts from R&D are sized by bra size for a more accurate fit), but a portion of the proceeds from sales of this shirt goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation! Neat, huh? Sadly, those of us who do not live in New York will have to have to wait for Neiman Marcus to start carrying it on-line, or haul arse to their New York shop to get one in time for the holiday party season and to do our part to end an epidemic.
The only thing I love more than pink is television. One of my favorite activities is to order a pile of Chinese food from Eat First and watch re-runs of Degrassi: The Next Generation. And at last, I have found the perfect table to help me in my eating/watching/slacking at Delia’s, that purveyor of cheap yet fashionable goods to teenage girls all over North America. For a very reasonable $28, this table can be yours. Go to delias.com to get yours today.
So Christine brought me to an opening party for the new South Loop Target. I snagged the DVD of Sense & Sensibility and these totally cute-ass Swell fingertip towels that were embroidered with lovely phrases like “Be Pretty”. Sadly, the Target web site does not have an image of said towels. BUT! there are loads of Pink merchandise to buy, not only to look stylish but also to donate even more moolah to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. I lurve the beaded coin purse shown here. You can this and other things like t-shirts and totes on line at Target.com.
What kind of a shopper would I be if I didn’t occasionally use my shopping powers for good? While you can and should always donate money or time to the fight against breast cancer (the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has a list of ways to help on their web site — click here for more information), it is in October that breast cancer awareness is brought to the fore by scores of folks who will donate proceeds from specially designed merchandise to the cause. All you have to do is buy some stuff. A few of my favorites are as follows:
- Polo Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony: starting first with a simple t-shirt, the line has grown to include sweaters, bikinis, hats, and duffel bags.
- Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives: Buy a Yoplait yogurt with pink lid. Eat yogurt. Save pink lid. Clean pink lid. Mail pink lid back to Yoplait, which then donates 10¢ for each pink lid they collect.
- United States Postal Service Semi-Postal: the fundraising stamp from the United States Postal Service, which raises funds while it raises visibility. Stamps are little, but they can go a long way.
- KitchenAid Artisan™ Series Stand Mixer: KitchenAid will donate $50 from the purchase of each to the Komen Foundation. You will finally perfect that upside down cake you’ve been working on for years.
Please note that these items can be purchased year-round (except for the yogurt, I think).